Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins first collaborated in the mid-1940s on the instantly popular ballet Fancy Free, commissioned by American Ballet Theatre. First performed on April 18, 1944, this work, a piece about three sailors on shore-leave in New York City, served as inspiration for their next endeavor, the smash hit Broadway musical On The Town, which was a critical success and launched a long-lasting creative partnership between Bernstein and Robbins.
*Music By Leonard Bernstein. ©1950, renewed
Ruth Mense, piano
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
℗1979 Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg. 423 583-2
Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre
Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
(1944) 7 min
- Scoring: 2(II=picc).2.2.2-126.96.36.199-timp.perc(2-3)-pft-strings
Bernstein's Blues (a suite of four songs arranged for voice and orchestra)
(arr. 2003) 14 min
for voice and orchestra
arr. by Sid Ramin
includes "Ain't Got No Tears Left" and "Lonely Me" (1940s, cut from On the Town), as well as "Screwed On Wrong" (1980) and "Big Stuff" (1944, from Fancy Free)
- Scoring 188.8.131.52.asax.tsax.barisax-184.108.40.206-timp-perc(trap set)-gtr-pft-strings